Depending on the type of data you wish to recover, you may want to go to the
'file opt' menu before continuing. PhotoREC searches for many file formats
by default, but BMP, MP3, EXE and TXT files are not among them. If you
wish to recover these types of files, open the menu and scroll down to each
entry, hitting the space bar to enable them.
Now it's time to choose a drive and start the recovery process. Return
to the main menu and choose your flash media device from the drives
listed. Highlight the 'search' option on the menu below and press
Now choose the first partition listed (the one labeled 'whole disk') and hit
enter again to search it for lost files. The program will begin to look
through the data present on the drive for signatures that indicate the presence
of certain file types. All files matching the types the program is
searching for will be copied into a subdirectory created in whatever directory
you placed the PhotoREC executable file. This subdirectory is titled
'recup_dir.1'. Each time you start a new recovery operation, the program
creates a new subdirectory called 'recup_dir.#' with the number increased by
Once the recovery operation has finished, navigate to the 'recup_dir.#'
subdirectory in Explorer and examine any recovered files. PhotoREC will
list them simply as 'F1, F2, F3' etc., but the file types are clearly
visible. Double click to open each file, then rename and move any ones
that you want to keep.